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News from American Trails

Recognition and awards for trails and greenways

Stewardship and education

Building, managing, and enhancing trail systems

Accessible trails and outdoor recreation

Federal funding and regulations

  • Funding Trails Training with State Resources: States may use Recreational Trails Program funds for training, education, and trail assessments for improving accessibility
  • Trails funding would be trimmed in Administration's FY2007 federal budget; visit our website to keep informed on current legislation and funding issues
  • Recissions may affect Recreational Trails Program funding

    Opinions and Ideas

  • Gray City, Green City; Gray Planet, Green Planet, By Robert Searns, Urban Edges, Inc.
  • The Trail Ahead Needs All of Us, by Roger Bell, Vice-Chair, American Trails

    From Trail Tracks to the American Trails Magazine

    By Robert Searns, Chair, American Trails Board

    AMERICAN TRAILS HAS come into its own in its unceasing mission to promote trails and greenways accessible to all Americans. Our website now receives over 100,000 visits a month with people hungering for more information about finding trails, using trails, and creating new high quality trails and greenways. Trail Tracks, our highly successful newsletter has now re-emerged as American Trails Magazine. We hope you will enjoy our new name and continue to enjoy the straightforward, no-nonsense trails and greenway advice that is the Trail Tracks tradition. Please note also that Trail Tracks will live on. We have bestowed this name on our new op-ed section that will appear in each edition of American Trails Magazine.

    We invite you to be a part of Trail Tracks. Send your comments, letters, or maybe an editorial or opinion piece submittal to Stuart Macdonald, editor of American Trails Magazine, at We also continue to encourage your articles about great trails, great trail and greenway planning and design, accessibility, trail safety, and other topics our readers will want to read. On behalf of the Board of Trustees of American Trails, let me extend a heartfelt expression of gratitude to Roger Bell for his dedicated years of service as National Chair of the Board of American Trails. Roger, American Trails would not be what it is today without you! Roger continues to serve on our board as Vice-Chair. We also thank Pam Gluck, our steadfast Executive Director and her excellent staff Mike Bullington and Candace Mitchell, as well as our longtime webmaster and American Trails Mazazine editor, Stuart Macdonald.

    Help Celebrate Trails in 2006 With National Trails Day Events

    Saturday, June 3, 2006 is time to "Experience Your Outdoors" with a National Trails Day event. • Educate people of all ages about trails and how they promote a healthy lifestyle • Organize a trail maintenance project • Dedicate a new trail • Plan guided outdoor walks • Excite all generations of trail users with activities for the entire family Register your event and American Hiking Society will: • Send you free National Trails Day posters • Provide you with a free National Trails Day event banner • Promote your event on the American Hiking Society website American Hiking Society thanks its 2005 National Trails Day partners for their support: • Corporate Sponsors: Adventure Medical Kits, Backpacker, Eastern Mountain Sports, Merrell, REI, Royal Robbins, & Thorlos. • Federal Partners: Bureau of Land Management, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Visit the website at to register your event and to download the National Trails Day Event Organizer’s Manual. Questions? Contact Ivan Levin, Trail Programs Manager, 1422 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Call (301) 565-6704 x208 or email

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    The American Trails Magazine is the only nationwide publilcation covering the needs of all trail users, planners, managers, agencies, and activists. American Trails Magazine includes articles on current events, funding ideas and grants programs, legislation in Congress, new technology, trail and greenway planning, tools for advocacy, trail benefits and economic impacts, accessible trails, environmental issues, training opportunities, news from the federal agencies, state trail programs, publications and resources, and training opportunities.

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See the index of American Trails publications: the American Trails Magazine and Trail Tracks Newsletter

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